2 Stars & a Wish!

 I love this linky idea Luckeyfrog's Lilypad came up with! We also use 2 stars & a wish to give feedback in our classroom. Spring Break just started for us. And I'm thinking . . .I only have 9 weeks left. NINE weeks, people! That's not very long. And I know it will FLY by!

So, of course, like all teachers do, I'm already thinking about what I liked this year and what I want to tweak. Enter 2 stars and a wish. So let's get started. . .

I love, love, love how my Calendar Math worked in my classroom this year. When I designed it, I thought about what skills my kiddos usually have a hard time with and built that into the pack. It worked! My kiddos can tell time and read a clock like nobody's business! They're also experts at representing numbers in flats, longs, and cubes, and writing numbers in expanded form. They rock! When we came to the section in our curriculum that covered those skills, they breezed right through! LOVE it!


I also moved to a Guided Math model this year & love how that is working for my kiddos. I love that I have time to spend with small groups and address needs of each group (whether they need a little bit of enrichment, a little support, or a lot of support).When we did the Guided Math Book Study last summer, I worked really hard at designing a program that would work in my class. This is the plan I can up with at the time. We didn't end up exactly like this. . .but it's the basic framework. Next year, I'll be looping back to 1st grade (I've had my kiddos this year for two years), and it'll be interesting to see how Guided Math shapes up then!

I really want to focus on Writing next year. I'm just not quite happy with what I have going on. I've dabbled with different forms of Writer's Workshop over the years. . .I've done my own version in a couple different ways, and I've tried out Lucy Calkins' Writers Workshop. I think I need a hybrid .. . but I've just not stumbled across it yet. If you are happy with the way you teach writing, I'd LOVE to hear about it! Leave a comment, or link me up!!